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Big Bear annual events lodging reservations- returning groups advance reservation policy:
Group Special Rate Policy - Golden Bear Cottages limited time offer for 3 or more day annual events.

How much in advance should groups book lodging reservations?Many groups book up to two years in advance and returning groups usually book a year in advance to reserve their specific dates.

Reservation Policy for our very special friends and valued returning group guests, please read and take advantage of this limited offer for our AAA approved Big Bear large group cabins:

33% discount reservation policy for returning 3 day or longer group events  at Golden Bear Cottages Resort

This is your special group reservation deal, it allows us to manage our other group's requested dates and ensures that the retreat lodge and as many cabins as you need at Golden Bear Cottages Resort are reserved for next year's event:


  1. Free Night - To receive a free night, a guest in your group must book their cabin before leaving this year or prior to the booking deadline set by Golden Bear Cottages. The Free night can be used (with a minimum of 2 paid days) on either the day before the annual event or the day at the end of the event.
  2. Deposit - for next year's event must be a minimum of 25% or $100.00. A second 25% will be due 90 days from event departure date. The balance will be due 30 days prior to the arrival date of next year's event. This deposit guarantees your cabin dates, and there are no refunds, but another group member may take your cabin if there is a reason you cannot attend next year's event. We will provide an automatic free date change if event date changes.
  3. Security deposit will normally be added based on cabin and group size.
  4. Group leader may be entitled to one free night for each 10 cabins booked by their group. Maximum of 3 free days if the entire lodge property is booked by your group. (some cabin size limitations may apply, please confirm your availability with our office).

We thank you for taking advantage of our special returning group offer for our very special friends who attend these annual group events. Good for most Big Bear recreation retreats and family reunions, Big Bear mountain retreats for businesses and schools, Fraternity group retreats, Big Bear College and church retreats. There are some weekend, holiday and high season dates that will not be available. You may view our group cabin rentals and all these reservation policies online at the special returning groups discount website:


Golden Bear Cottages owners,  Don and Karen DiCarlo, Lisa and Len Duran

Golden Bear Cottages is your place for  lodging and accommodations in Big Bear Lake, California. We have 28 cabins to choose from on a historic five acre resort. The cabins are nestled among 200 year old tall pines just a block from Big Bear lake. Our smaller studio and one bedroom cabins are perfect for couples. Our larger 2,3,4,5 and 7 bedroom cabins are best size for families and groups. AAA approved clean historic mountain cabins and resort lodge. Our service is friendly and family pets are welcome. 
NOTE: If you plan on bringing your pets, make sure you choose a special cabin where pets are welcome.  Our very specially appointed  Pet Friendly cabins  at Golden Bear Cottages all have fenced pet yards.  AAA approved, Diamond rated rustic mountain resort just a short walk from the lake and marina for great mountain fishing and boating on the 3000 acre Big Bear Lake. Because of our historic prime location, Golden Bear Cottages resort has the most snow in Big Bear year after year! See the 'Map of Property' for the location of each cottage. A few of our family friendly services are shown on this page, including our easy and secure online reservations by using the box at the left. Please use  Photos button above to see pictures of each cabin. Look at the Specials too for our great vacation rental deals!   Our staff is bi-lingual ... Latinos: hablamos espanol.   USA Top 20 Family Vacations Award winner.   View the complete reservation policies for AAA approved Big Bear Lake vacation rental cabins, big and small group retreats: the details are available to read here

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Big Bear annual events lodging reservations- returning groups advance reservation policy:
Group Special Rate Policy - Golden Bear Cottages limited time offer for 3 or more day annual events.

Hotel Big Bear (Golden Bear Cottages Resort) has Big Bear Lake's top AAA approved "non-hotel" cabin lodging accommodations 

Big Bear Reservation Policies for Cabin Rentals at Golden Bear Cottages. Updated 2-1-21
NOTE: Check your confirmation. Cabin assigned and rates may differ with online booking services.  
If you plan to bring pets, make sure to choose a designated cabin where pets are welcome. Pet fees will be applied. 

DETAILS (1) Credit card will normally be charged 1/2 of stay, the full amount for a one night stay or reservations received close to check-in date. Our staff reserves the right to modify or upgrade cabins to fit number of guests or late over-bookings. (2) Guest check-in is AFTER 3 p.m., MAY BE LATER DURING HOLIDAY OR PEAK PERIODS.  (3) Late check-in by prior arrangement. Balance is due before arrival. (4) Check out is by 11 a.m. (5) Regular Pet Fee is $15 per day per pet. A "Pet Penalty" will be charged for pets kept inside NON-PET FRIENDLY cabins.  (6) A cleaning fee will be added to third party bookings. (7) Cancellations may be made by phone, but will not be accepted unless confirmed in writing. (8) Cancellations over 60 days from check-in (90 days Holiday and High Season) will receive a date change without penalty or a refund minus a re-booking fee. (9) Cancellations less than 60 days prior to arrival may receive a date change minus a per day re-booking fee, but not a refund.  Deposits will be forfeited if cancelled cabins are not re-booked. Note: long-term rentals and group rentals are not cancellable unless completely re-rented. A cancellation fee will be applied. (10) Qualifying discounts are given in advance including: AAA, Military, Law Enforcement and Gift Cards. Please request discount at the time reservation is made. Discounts will not be deducted after booking is confirmed. (11) A security deposit may be assessed to group reservations or other reservations deemed by the management to be of higher risk. Damages to cabins by occupying party or their guests will be charged to credit card(s) on file, copies of which are taken upon arrival. These cards will be used as protection for damages or incidentals. A  fee to cover possible damages to cabins may be charged for large cabins and groups. Non-refundable resort cleaning fee ($25 for small or medium cabins, $50 for larger cabins, or $75 for retreat cabins) is charged to each cabin booking. (12) No refunds will be issued due to inclement weather. NO REFUNDS will be given for early departures.  
*Concerns need to be made to management as soon as a problem is noticed, NOT AT CHECKOUT.. We will do our best to address your concerns on a timely and courteous basis. Thank you.
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